Here are some tips to reduce the possibility of theft in your office:
- Lock your door when you leave, even if it's just for a minute.
- Never give or loan your keys to anyone.
- Keep your purse, wallet, and other valuables secured in a cabinet or drawer. Never leave items of value in, on top of, or under your desk. Supervisors should provide a safe place for belongings.
- Don't write down safe combinations. Commit this information to memory.
- Keep petty cash and stamps in a locked drawer. Don't keep any more petty cash on hand than is necessary.
- Do not remove rings to wash your hands, since rings can be forgotten and stolen. If rings have to be removed, place them in a pocket.
- If you leave your receptionist position, lock your door and leave a notice of your return.
- If you see a person who seems to be wandering aimlessly, ask if you can help him or her. If the person can't give you a good reason for being in the building, keep that person under observation and contact Police Services.
- Have Police Services review office routines to determine your office's vulnerabilities and how to overcome them.
- An engraving tool can be borrowed from Police Services to mark University and personal valuables.
- Ask for positive identification from service personnel and verify their purpose in your work area by checking work orders.
- Secure all office doors, windows, desks, and file cabinets each night.
- Retain inventory records of all office equipment, including serial numbers, Penn State numbers, values, and dates of purchase.
- Secure all computer equipment and software. Log off computers. Maintain back-up files.
- Security surveys can be conducted by Police Services upon request.
Remember: Security is everyone's responsibility. Report suspicious activity to the campus police.